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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K annually nationwide. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $41K and hits $112K on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Computer Hardware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,039 - $108,730
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$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,563
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$9.00 - $38.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,039 - $108,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,289  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,803 - $112,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $38.50  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $76.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,803 - $112,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Survey results suggest that Computer Hardware Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Lucky workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 22 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java. Most people experienced in C also know Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Hardware Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $105K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 22%


Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 10%

C
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 3%

National Average
$72,000

Java
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%
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